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Pairing Champagne and Food at Washington DC’s Fabulous Blue Duck Tavern

The Blue Duck Tavern is one of Washington DC’s finest restaurants. Located in the Park Hyatt in Georgetown, the upscale restaurant serves seasonal cuisine with ingredients sourced from local farms and purveyors. The center of the restaurant is an open … Continue reading

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Margerum: New Releases from Santa Barbara

Margerum Wine Company is owned and operated by Doug Margerum, one of Santa Barbara’s leading winemaking entrepreneurs. It produces small quantities of premium wines made from estate-grown and purchased grapes from top neighboring vineyards. We visited Doug at the winery … Continue reading

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Spann Vineyards Wines: New Releases from Sonoma County

These new releases from Peter and Betsy Spann are wonderful examples of the authentic and artisanal wines being crafted in Sonoma Valley today. They are ripe and juicy wines, mainly red Bordeaux blends and single varietal reds. They include a … Continue reading

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Spanish Wines of Value and Quality

  Grapes of Spain has been importing wines from Spain since 2002 and currently has a portfolio of some 36 producers and 90+ wines from all parts of the country. Located just outside Washington DC, the company is owned and … Continue reading

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Spann Vineyard’s Lake Family Wines from Clarksburg

  Our friends, Peter and Betty Spann of Spann Vineyards in Sonoma, have introduced a new label called Lake Family Wines.  The new series is sourced from the Clarksburg AVA.  Situated in the Sacramento River Delta east of Napa Valley,  … Continue reading

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Rosé and Food: Enlivening the Meal

Rosés can be served with anything—Julia Child There are a wide variety of dry rosés available on the market. Many entry level rosés are relatively light in style and perfect for sipping but don’t stand up well to food. Others, … Continue reading

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New Releases of 2016 Sonoma County Chardonnay and Pinot Noirs from Tongue Dancer Wines

Tongue Dancer Wines is a small project started with the 2013 vintage by James and Kerry MacPhail, past owners of MacPhail Family Wines in Healdsburg, CA. The Mac Phails are passionate about Pinot Noir and this project continues their fascination … Continue reading

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Department 66-New Releases from the Côtes Catalanes

These are attractive bistro style wines produced by the Department 66 winery in the Southwest corner of France . The winery, established by Napa Valley winemaker Dave Phinney, is located in Department 66, which serves as the inspiration and namesake … Continue reading

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Testarossa Winery New Releases of 2016 Pinot Noir

This is second part of our reviews of the 2016 Testarossa releases of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. In this article we focus on Testarossa’s Pinot Noirs which like the Chardonnays are handcrafted in small lots of mostly vineyard designated wines … Continue reading

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Hickinbotham of McLaren Vale 2015 Releases

We had the opportunity recently to taste the 2015 releases of the Hickinbotham Clarendon Vineyard in McLaren Vale. The four wines reviewed here again showed very well just as they did in the 2014 vintage. They offer rich and concentrated … Continue reading

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